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1964 Daytona 500

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1964 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 8 of 62 in the 1964 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Track map of Daytona International Speedway.
Track map of Daytona International Speedway.
Date February 23, 1964 (1964-02-23)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Cold with temperatures of 55 °F (13 °C); wind speeds of 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)[1]
Average speed 154.334 mph (248.376 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Ray Nichels
Time 174.91 miles per hour (281.49 km/h)
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 184
No. 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises

The 1964 Daytona 500, was a NASCAR Grand National Series event that was held on February 23, 1964, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Race report

The race was won by Richard Petty driving a 1964 Plymouth. Petty drove his number 43 to victory in 3 hours and 14 minutes. There were three caution flags that slowed the race for 19 laps. The Chrysler teams debuted their brand-new 426 ci Chrysler Hemi engine in this race; NASCAR ordered the teams who had it to sandbag it during practice and qualifying due to their superiority.[2] During the race itself, Richard Petty, who at the time was known best for his skill on short tracks, led 184 of the 200 laps (a Daytona 500 record that stands to this day) and Chrysler teams took four of the top five spots.[2]

First Daytona 500 starts for Bobby Isaac, Doug Cooper, Johnny Rutherford, Jack Anderson, Jim Bray, and Neil Castles.[2] Only Daytona 500 starts for Dave MacDonald, Jo Schlesser, Smokey Boutwell, Jim McElreath, Ronnie Chumley, Bobby Marshman, Joe Clark, Bill McMahan, and Jim Cook.[2] Last Daytona 500 starts for Jimmy Pardue, Billy Wade, Dan Gurney, Larry Thomas, Ralph Earnhardt, Curtis Crider, Sal Tovella, Parnelli Jones, Fireball Roberts, and Elmo Henderson.[2]

This was the first NASCAR race that had a purse of over $100,000.[2]

The transition to purpose-built racecars began in the early 1960s and occurred gradually over that decade. Changes made to the sport by the late 1960s brought an end to the "strictly stock" vehicles of the 1950s.

Bobby Marshman would retire from NASCAR Grand National Series racing after the conclusion of this event.[2] For some drivers, this would be their last Daytona 500, as the 1960s were an especially brutal era for NASCAR. Jimmy Pardue was killed later in the year in a test crash. Billy Wade was killed in a tire test in January 1965. Bobby Marshman killed in a test crash in late 1964 at Phoenix. Fireball Roberts died in July from injuries inflicted while racing in the World 600 and Joe Weatherly was killed at Riverside early that year.

Top 10 finishers

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Winnings Laps led Time/Status
1 2 43 Richard Petty '64 Plymouth 200 $33,300 184 3:14:23
2 6 54 Jimmy Pardue '64 Plymouth 199 $11,600 0 +1 laps
3 1 25 Paul Goldsmith '64 Plymouth 198 $8,600 11 +2 laps
4 9 21 Marvin Panch '64 Ford 198 $4,350 0 +2 laps
5 10 15 Jim Paschal '64 Dodge 197 $3,700 0 +3 laps
6 21 1 Billy Wade '64 Mercury 197 $2,500 0 +3 laps
7 11 16 Darel Dieringer '64 Mercury 197 $2,000 0 +3 laps
8 14 29 Larry Frank '64 Ford 197 $1,750 0 +3 laps
9 3 3 Junior Johnson '64 Dodge 197 $1,500 0 +3 laps
10 19 17 Dave MacDonald '64 Mercury 196 $1,200 0 +4 laps


Section reference:[2]

  • Start of race: Paul Goldsmith started the event with the first-place position.
  • Lap 2: Richard Petty took over the lead from Paul Goldsmith.
  • Lap 3: Bill McMahan could not handle his racing vehicle properly.
  • Lap 7: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from Richard Petty.
  • Lap 10: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Isaac.
  • Lap 13: Fireball Roberts' transmission stopped working in a safe manner.
  • Lap 15: Bobby Johns managed to blow his engine while he was driving.
  • Lap 17: Bobby Marshman managed to overheat his vehicle.
  • Lap 21: Ronnie Chumley managed to overheat his engine.
  • Lap 31: G.C. Spencer had to leave the race due to a faulty engine.
  • Lap 40: A.J. Foyt took over the lead from Richard Petty.
  • Lap 42: Paul Goldsmith took over the lead from A.J. Foyt.
  • Lap 49: Fred Lorenzen managed to blow his engine.
  • Lap 52: Richard Petty took over the lead from Paul Goldsmith.
  • Lap 54: David Pearson's accident forced the yellow flag to appear, caution ended on lap 60.
  • Lap 64: Buddy Baker managed to blow his engine.
  • Lap 77: Parnelli Jones managed to blow his engine.
  • Lap 107: Johnny Rutherford had a terminal crash.
  • Lap 112: Johnny Rutherford and Ned Jarrett's accident on turn two caused a caution, which ended on lap 118.
  • Lap 126: Jim McElreath had a terminal crash.
  • Lap 130: Jim McElreath's accident created a caution which ended on lap 134.
  • Lap 189: Bobby Isaac ran out of fuel while racing.
  • Finish: Richard Petty was officially declared the winner of the event.


  1. ^ "Weather of the 1964 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "1964 Daytona 500". Retrieved June 2, 2012.
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